Blessed with 300 sunny days a year, curvaceous swirls of powder sand, endemic flora and wildlife, and lengthy history, Rhodes delights both beachcombers and history wonks in equal measure.
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Atlantica Imperial Resort
Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece|
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A great have-it-all resort for those who want a ‘stay and relax’ rather than a ‘drive and explore’ holiday.
Sited on a Blue Flag beach above the village of Kolymbia, this adults-only, all-inclusive, award-winning resort offers a variety of rooms to suit all budgets; some on two levels, others with private hot tubs or gardens, but all with a balcony or terrace.
Whatever the price, the hotel never scrimps on service or facilities that include tennis courts, a lagoon-like pool, a gym, and a spa.
There are two easily accessible beaches – busy Afandou and undeveloped Tsambika – bookending Kolymbia, 6km to the north and south.
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Sparkling seas, sugar-cube villages, cliff-hanging hamlets, ancient temples, delicious Mediterranean food and mesmerising sunsets – the Greek Islands offer so much. Just ask Shirley Valentine.